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Henrico filmmaker follows his 'Heart'
Henrico filmmaker Kevin Hershberger has transformed the "birthplace" of Jesus into the Hanoi Hilton.

Hershberger, the CEO of LionHeart Film Works, modified the Salem Baptist Church in Manakin (best known as the site of a living nativity scene each Christmas) to replicate the notorious Vietnamese Hoa Lo prison camp for a Vietnam prisoner-of-war documentary he's currently filming for the Smithsonian. Adding shackles and torture hooks to the walls where holiday visitors will line up in December seems morbid, but this is what Hershberger does. As a documentary filmmaker dedicated to filming historical documentaries in and around Henrico County, the VCU graduate is forced to get creative with his sets.

LionHeart is based out of a nondescript storefront in the West End. > Read more.

Henrico counselor appointed to state SOL committee

A Henrico County Public Schools guidance counselor is one of 28 appointees to the Virginia Standards of Learning Innovation Committee. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed the committee members this week.

Renee Zando, director of counseling at Hermitage High School, is the only Henrico member of the committee, which is charged with building on the work that began with legislation passed during the 2014 General Assembly session and taking a comprehensive look at the SOL system. Other appointees represent school systems, school boards, universities and private entitites from throughout the state. > Read more.

Fan Care program offers assistance to seniors

Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging, is helping older adults combat summer heat through the Fan Care program. Through Fan Care, adults ages 60 and older who meet eligibility requirements and have situations that are threatening their health receive fans and cooling assistance information.

Fan Care is made possible by funding from Dominion Virginia Power in conjunction with the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). > Read more.

Henrico County property transactions, June 2-8


9008 Old Mayland Way – $212,000, 1,560 SF (built in 2010), from Aaron and Catherine Baird to Piyush Dagaar and Ichha Bhandari.
8602 Hanford Drive – $220,000, 1,685 SF (built in 1958), from Roderick A. Moses and Nyetta L. Johnson to Sean and Stephanie C. Chalifoux.
3809 Foxfield Court – $222,000, 1,500 SF (built in 1990), from Housing and Urban Development to Illya and Yelena S. Golanek.
924 Westham Parkway – $224,900, 1,260 (built in 1951), from Karen M. O’Leary Trust to David W. and Laura W. Hodge. > Read more.

Business in brief


Henrico-based Free Agents Marketing has been named one of three finalists in the Small Business category of the 2014 IMPACT Awards by the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce. Two winners will be announced – one in the Small Business category and one in the Large Business category – at a banquet Nov. 12. The IMPACT Awards have honored regional businesses since 1988. Finalists are selected by a committee composed of volunteers from Chamber member companies. > Read more.

Meeting the ‘Challenge’

A unique, inclusive softball game paired students with disabilities with baseball and softball players from Henrico high school baseball and softball teams June 6. The Challenger Day game at the Tuckahoe Little League fields included students from Virginia Randolph Education Center and “buddies” from Deep Run, Freeman, Glen Allen, Godwin, Henrico, Highland Springs, Tucker and Varina high schools.

Tuckahoe District Supervisor Pat O’Bannon threw out the first pitch, along with School Resource Officer O’Keefe. > Read more.

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Community

VBS seeks blood donations

Virginia Blood Services (VBS), the sole supplier of blood for more than 20 hospitals throughout the state of Virginia, is in need of blood donors to help replenish the local blood supply over the holidays.

A decline in blood donations is typical during the winter months as people become busy with holiday activities and travel. Patient needs remain steady, however, making it important for people to visit a VBS donor site or mobile drive to give blood. > Read more.

Varina’s Big Toy parade to help usher in holiday season


In Varina, one of the most anticipated events of the season is approaching. The 19th Annual Big Toy Parade will return on Dec 14, offering a “homey,” small-town feel that helps elicit holiday spirit among participants and spectators alike.

The parade, which begins at 3 p.m., is sponsored by the Battlefield Ruritans and Henrico County Parks and Recreation and is held in conjunction with the James River Boat Parade. It is led by a grand marshal along Old Osborne Turnpike and ends at the Osborne Boat Landing, where hundreds of community members gather to await nightfall and the arrival of lighted boats, concluding a festive holiday celebration. > Read more.

Strikers, Kickers form partnership

The region's two premier youth soccer organizations – the Richmond Kickers and Richmond Strikers – have partnered to create Richmond United, a cost-free U.S. Soccer Development Academy program designed to serve the most talented players in the region. The arrangement marks the first time in U.S. Soccer Development Academy history that two member clubs have united their respective Academy programs.

Slated to begin play in the fall of 2014, Richmond United will field U13/14, U15/16 and U17/18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams. The teams will train and play home games at two of the top soccer specific complexes in the nation, Ukrop Park and Striker Park. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Songbirds at play

‘Rio 2’ is loaded with music but short on plot

Rio 2 starts off with a treat: a quickie cartoon called Almost Home, in which a fleet of cuddly purple aliens embark on a disastrous search for a new home planet. It’s cute, it’s reasonably entertaining and it’s got Steve Martin as the mustachioed alien leader.

But the experience sours just a little if you’ve seen Mr. Peabody & Sherman; Almost Home played in front of that one, too. It cheapens the experience a little – almost like we’re watching someone else’s lukewarm leftovers.

The same could be said for Rio 2. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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